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University of Bath

Annual energy and environment reports

Reports on our progress in meeting our carbon and sustainability targets.

Summary for 2021

  • We have achieved the target set out in the University’s 2011 Carbon Management Plan “to reduce direct Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions (due to electricity and gas use) by 43% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline.”
  • Over this period we have achieved a 45% reduction, slightly more than anticipated partly due to the national fall in carbon intensity in electricity and partly due to the impact of lockdown during April – July 2020.
  • Scope 3 emissions make up over 75% of our overall footprint, mainly due to travel and procurement of goods and services. A key focus for 2021 is establishing an accurate scope 3 baseline and developing a reduction plan.
  • Our research continues to make significant contributions to reducing emissions in wider society.
  • We delivered a climate literacy course for incoming students and offer further enrichment opportunities through our pilot Climate Leaders course and Vertically Integrated Projects.
  • In May 2020, University Council declared a Climate Emergency and approved the adoption of 11 Climate Action Framework (CAF) Principles to guide our response. This is a whole institution response considering the impacts of our core mission, research, learning and teaching and engaging with our community and initiatives.
  • The CAF Principles include new and challenging carbon targets commensurate with the timescales required to address the Climate Emergency.
  • New Climate Action team established to push forward these ambitious objectives.